Broncos Display Amazing Array Of Talent

Football-frenzied fans flocked to Bronco Stadium yesterday afternoon to whet their appetite for Boise State football. The Broncos did not disappoint in the annual Blue and Orange Spring Game, showing why enthusiasm runs high in Boise.

The annual Blue and Orange scrimmage offers fans fortunate enough to attend a great preview of the coming season, a glimpse into the future.  

The Boise State defense was the bright spot in yesterday's annual event in Bronco Stadium.  It was the culmination of weeks of tough, spirited practice for the Bronco football team.  

The defense won 30-28 in overtime, based on points allocated by the Bronco coaches.  Jarrell Root had a field day with the Bronco offensive line, busting through for three sacks.  One of Root's sacks gave the defense a 28-25 lead with 33 seconds remaining.  After a field goal tied the score, the defense then held on a two-point conversion to win the game.  

Freshman redshirt Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe showed he is going to be a force, displaying a great motor and instincts in fighting through numerous double-teams to consistently penetrate the backfield.  Kharyee Marshall too encountered double-teams after becoming disruptive early—he finished with three tackles and half a sack.  

J.C. Percy led the defense with five tackles, including one for loss.  Fellow linebacker Byron Hout had four stops including two behind the line.  Ebo Makinde showed his athleticism with a great interception of Kellen Moore and then a fine runback as well.  Only three players could do that against Moore all of last year.  

Joe Southwick's play last night gave Bronco fans confidence in the future at quarterback.  He was poised, athletic and showed off that great arm.  Southwick finished 10-of-15 for 191 yards and a touchdown.  

Geraldo Hiwat (three catches for 60 yards) showed great speed and went up high to snare one pass.  Aaron Burks provided another highlight with a nice catch on a Southwick delivery with three minutes remaining.  Burks finished with five receptions for 119 yards.  Preston Minter also showed promise of great speed and routes.  

The Bronco running game, however, was largely absent.  Talented backs Doug Martin and D.J. Harper did not play and without them, the Bronco running game struggled.  Receiver Mitch Burroughs did run for a 24-yard score in the fourth quarter and tallied a total of 46 yards on three carries.   

Faraji Wright might be displaying the potential that Bronco fans saw the minute it was announced that he had signed his letter of intent a few years ago.  He had the task of blocking All-Western Athletic Conference defensive end Ryan Winterswyk and did a solid job.  

Punter Brad Elkin has improved by leaps and bounds, booming three punts of 50-plus yards.  Trevor Harman booted a 41-yard field goal with seven seconds left to tie the game at 28.  

With the conclusion of spring practice, BroncoCountry remains the location for Bronco fans to get their football fix.  We have articles planned all summer long leading up to the famous 30-Day Countdown to the beginning of the 2010 football season!

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